A gay with a gun stares down Atlanta’s crime

imageThis is the story of a gay guy with a gun, a locked and loaded business owner hit five times by burglars without much more than a shrug from the Atlanta Police Department.

So Rad Slough, the owner of Urban Body Fitness on Ponce in Midtown, took matters into his own hands this week. He bought a shotgun and prepared to camp out in his fitness center to nab the burglar in the act.

Fortunately, police -- their headquarters in City Hall East visible from the gym's parking lot -- picked up the criminal first as they camped out on Slough's roof. Busted early Wednesday: Donald Rayfield, 41.

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Thursday: 19 gay things to do today

image Transgender activist, HRC official and software executive Megan Stabler (photo) headlines the Atlanta Executive Network. 6 p.m.
Learn more about becoming a foster parent with MEGA Family Project's Foster Parenting Workshop. 7 p.m.
Author Marcel Emerson talks about his literary debut at Outwrite. 7:30 p.m.
Hydrate Thursdays brings the boys to the W Atlanta-Midtown. 9 p.m.
Old School Underwear Night is back at the Eagle. 10 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's new interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

Thursday: Ryan Reynolds and his new fuzz

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City: No fine for My Sisters Room deck

imageThe East Atlanta lesbian bar My Sisters Room won't face a fine from city building inspectors for a deck that collapsed June 12, despite the city having no record that the structure ever was inspected and permitted.

But if the bar decided to rebuild the deck, which has since been removed, it would have to pay double the usual fee for a permit, a city spokesperson said Wednesday.

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Sunday fun and sun with Hotlanta Softball

The Hotlanta Softball League hit the fields again Sunday as its summer season unfolds. The Open Division plays June 21 before the league takes a two-week break. Check out our photos.    READ MORE »

Talking salary can be tough in a recession

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "In the current job market, is there any point in trying to negotiate the salary level?"    READ MORE »

Wednesday: 13 gay things to do today

image Bowl with the Decatur Women's Sports League or run with Front Runners of Atlanta. 6:30 p.m.
Get a little Feminist Feedback at Charis. 7 p.m.
Join Charmain Johnson (photo) and Kay Greene for their "Lovers & Friends Show" DVD release party at Outwrite. 7:30 p.m.
Dip into the Honey Pot at Mary's. 8 p.m.
Men go on the prowl at Vita. 9 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's new interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

Wednesday: Ruggers nude for healthy nads

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Flag football league finds a makeshift home

The National Flag Football League of Atlanta, season is bogging down in repeated closures of the Piedmont Park athletic fields. They got creative Sunday in Grant Park, and we caught the action.    READ MORE »

Liz Coyle enters race for District 6 post

imageNeighborhood activist and communications consultant Liz Coyle is stepping into the race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council.

The Atkins Park resident was in the process of filing her official paperwork Tuesday morning. Coyle, who is heterosexual and married, joins two gay men – Alex Wan and Steve Brodie – in the campaign to represent a heavily-gay area that’s had an openly gay council member since 1998.

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Tuesday: 13 gay things to do today

image The Alter Ego Pop Art Show, featuring work from gay artist Paul Wolski, continues at ART Station. 10 a.m.
Lunch and network during the Business Builder Luncheon with the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. 11:55 a.m.
Social Tuesdays continues its flirtation with the upscale W Atlanta-Midtown. 7 p.m.
Performance artist Barry Brandon (photo) brings his "In My Own Words" to Shakespeare Tavern. 7 p.m.
Spike with the Hotlanta Volleyball Association or jump in the pool with the Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's new interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

Tuesday: Stu Dugan’s broccoli fix

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Gay chamber taps into social media buzz

imageIt's no surprise that gay men and lesbians turn to blogs and social media outlets in higher numbers than straight folks. We always seem to be on the cutting edge, whether it's inhabiting and renovating that sketchy neighborhood no one wants to claim, fashion or grassroots activism.

With that in mind, the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce tackled social media last week during its WOW Wednesday event.

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Dr. Laura’s moralistic crusades get new slot

imageWe just knew something was missing from our daily grind, but couldn't quite figure out what it was exactly.

Thanks to a press release delivered to our virtual mailbox this morning, we now know: Radio gabber "Dr. Laura" Schlessinger. The reformed gay-hating personality -- third in popularity behind only radio jocks Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, no friends of gay equality -- now has a much-improved time slot in metro Atlanta. Newstalk 1160 announced Monday that it shifted Dr. Laura from her evening slot to a time when people might actually listen -- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Monday: 10 gay things to do today

image Empowered Men get to talking at YouthPride. 6:30 p.m.
Run the streets of the city with Front Runners of Atlanta. 7:15 p.m.
Got mad poker skills? Use them for Texas Hold'em at Woofs. 7:30 p.m.
"Pretty Woman" is on tap for Movie Mondays at Joe's on Juniper. 8 p.m.
It's time for the Big Fat Wii Party at Mary's. 10 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's new interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

Monday: Sing (and flex) like Billy Dortch

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Your weekly peek inside David Atlanta

imageDavid Atlanta gets into the feel of summer this week with a shirtless hunk on the cover. We can only imagine that the pic was snapped as he was poolside at Sol Sundays or enjoying the gay revelry of Memorial Day Weekend in Pensacola.

The mag takes a look at Premiere Party, which benefits CHRIS Kids programs for LGBT homeless youth, and the "Rehab" T-Dance, which isn't a benefit for anything other than promoter RC Searfoss. He's been out of the Atlanta scene for a bit, but is back and looking to once again make an impact on Atlanta's gay nightlife scene.

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Sunday: 14 gay things to do today

image The Hotlanta Softball League continues its summer season at Southside Park (9 a.m.) while the National Flag Football League holds a special Sunday slate of games at Grant Park (9 a.m.). Both leagues head to bars for post-play action from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Brunch at Las Margaritas with DJ Jay McCracken for Papi's New Brunch. 11 a.m.
Put on your best square cut for Sol Sundays poolside at the W Atlanta - Midtown. 1 p.m.
Bowl with MEGA Family Project in Decatur. 3 p.m.
Out & About hosts a fundraiser to benefit For the Kid in All of Us, the group that hosts the 4th Annual Backpack in the Park later this month. 4 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's new interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

City: My Sisters Room lacks deck permit

imageA code inspections official with the Atlanta Fire Department says their records for My Sisters Room don’t include a permit for the deck that collapsed on Friday, an incident that sent 12 people to the hospital.

The bar also did not include signs indicating an occupancy limit on the outdoor structure, which is a code violation, Chief Walter Parker told CBS 46 in a report that aired Friday.

The TV station, in the wake of the collapse at the popular lesbian bar, had a certified home inspector visit the East Atlanta venue on Friday. The inspector, Stan Garnett, criticized the construction of what he found.

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Saturday: 21 gay things to do today

image The Atlanta Fashion Crawl wraps up three days of events with a stop at Steel Restaurant and Peachtree Center Athletic Club. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Join a celebration of author Audre Lorde (photo) with Charis Circle, ZAMI and SisterSong. 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the CHRIS Kids Premiere Party, which benefits its efforts for LGBT homeless youth, and Official After Party. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The gay musical "Zanna, Don't!" continues at Actor's Express. 8 p.m.
DJ John Miller continues the opening weekend beats at Mixx Atlanta. 10 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's new interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

 
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